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JUNE 2013




Alan Wilson is the state’s attorney general; his father, Joe Wilson, is a longtime congressman. But the role they relish the most is of father and son. Find out how they bond over politics, family, and Spider-Man. { HISTORY }

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Bill Sims is a positive guy. Positive that you can learn more about positive reinforcement. Learn more about the Chapin business consultant’s theory on green beans, the subject of a new book.


The Great Adventure of 1909: What is now a placid and chilly man-made lake was once a roiling series of rapids that attracted adventure seekers. Read more about an account that took seven people on a near fatal raft trip. { DINING }


{ SKETCH } If Jim Griffin isn’t strumming a banjo, he’s outside honing his blacksmithing skills, or finding some wood to carve into a bowl. Why this Lexington County retiree won’t quit.

Liberty on the Lake at Marina Bay now is open and ready for summer dining. What’s on the menu? { ALSO INSIDE } CALENDAR 6 PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS 36 PAST TENSE 38 BUY PHOTOS:
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First FriYAYs!
The new terrace and walkways in the back of EdVenture will be the setting for summer concerts the first Friday of the month beginning June 7. The coolest indie rock kids band, Lunch Money, is the headliner for the inaugural concert. Other dates are July 5 (Pantasia); Aug. 2 (Like Totally!) and Sept. 6 (Jukebox Island). The concerts, from 5 to 8 p.m., are included in general admission; free for members. Details: www.edventure.org or (803) 779-3100


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June 14-23: Mama Won’t Fly, Chapin Theatre, (803) 2408544 June 14-23: The Commedia Rapunzel, Columbia Children’s Theatre, (803) 691-4548 June 14-July 20: Ain’t Misbehavin’, Trustus Theatre, (803) 254-9732

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Through Sept. 1: Found in Translation: The Art of Steven Naifeh, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 Through June 2: Civil War in 3D, SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, (803) 737-8095 Through June 9: Secrets of the Maya, State Museum, (803) 898-4978 June 2: $1 Sundays, State Museum, (803) 898-4978 June 3: Toddler Take Over, EdVenture, (803) 779-3100 June 7-8: Craft Bar Happy Hour Weekend, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 June 11: Family Night, EdVenture, (803) 779-3100 June 14: Girls in Science Day, State Museum, (803) 898-4978 June 16: Open House, W. Gordon Belser Arboretum, (803) 777-4141 June 21-22: Irish Arts Weekend, Columbia Museum of Art and Conundrum Music Hall, West Columbia, www. cornerhousemusic.com June 24: Daniel Tosh, Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350

Grand time. The Southeastern Piano Festival is June 9-15 at USC School of Music.

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June 28, 2013-Jan. 18, 2014: South Carolinians at the Battle of Gettysburg, SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, (803) 737-8095

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June 1: Columbia Quad Squad Roller Girls Allstars vs. HARD, Jamil Temple, columbiaquadsquad.com

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Cobblestone Park by D.R. Horton is the region’s most desirable gated golf course community. More than 30 new homes are now available, ranging in price from the mid $200s to the $600s. These exceptional homes are designed for livability, efficiency and style. Natural gas heat and water heat are standard in every home. Cobblestone Park offers an array of amenities, activities and services that give new meaning to the term “all-inclusive.” Cobblestone Park Golf Club is a 27-hole masterpiece that appeals to beginners and experienced golfers alike. The Amenity Center offers a state-of-the-art fitness facility, six-court tennis complex, resort-style pool, basketball and volleyball courts and a sports field.* Visit the Cobblestone Park Discovery Center at 5 Links Crossing Dr. in Blythewood for details on grand opening incentives.

June 1: Columbia Blowfish vs. Forest City, Play Catch on the Field Night, Capital City Stadium, (803) 854-3474 June 4: Columbia Blowfish vs. Fayetteville, Guaranteed Win Night, Capital City Stadium, (803) 854-3474 June 6: Columbia Blowfish vs. Gastonia, Discount Beverage Night, Capital City Stadium, (803) 854-3474 June 8: Columbia Blowfish vs. Thomasville, Play Catch on the Field Night, Capital City Stadium, (803) 8543474 June 11: Columbia Blowfish vs. Florence, Guaranteed Win Night, Capital City Stadium, (803) 854-3474 June 12: Columbia Blowfish vs. Martinsville, Discount Beverage Night, Capital City Stadium, (803) 854-3474 June 14: Columbia Blowfish vs. Forest City, Win Braves Tickets Night, Capital City Stadium, (803) 854-3474 June 16: Columbia Blowfish vs. Florence, Bark in the Park Night, Capital City Stadium, (803) 854-3474 June 18: Columbia Blowfish vs. Petersburg, Guaranteed Win Night, Capital City Stadium, (803) 854-3474 June 21: Columbia Blowfish vs. Asheboro, Win Braves Tickets Night, Capital City Stadium, (803) 854-3474 June 24: Columbia Blowfish vs. Florence, Guaranteed Win Night, Capital City Stadium, (803) 854-3474 June 26: Columbia Blowfish vs. Florence, Discount Beverage Night, Capital City Stadium, (803) 854-3474

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Smile. Comedian Daniel Tosh, of
Comedy Central’s ‘Tosh.0,’ brings his June Gloom tour to Township Auditorium on June 24.


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Through June 1: Lexington County Master Gardeners Volunteer tour, (803) 796-0884 June 1: Maker Faire, EdVenture Children’s Museum, www. makerfairecolumbiasc.com June 1, 8, 16, 22, 29: Soda City Market, Main Street, stateplate.org June 1, 8, 16, 22, 29: Vista Marketplace at 711 Whaley June 4: Woodrow Wilson Family Home: Hard Hat Tour, Woodrow Wilson Family House, (803) 252-1770 June 4, 11, 18, 25: Sandhill Farmer’s Market, Sandhill Research Center, (803) 699-3187 June 8: South Carolina State House Tour, (803) 734-2430 June 9-15: Southeastern Piano Festival, USC School of Music, (803) 777-1209 June 12: Moonlight Cemetery and Secrets from the Grave Tours, Elmwood Cemetery, (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 June 14: Members’ Night Series, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, (803) 7798717 June 14: Robert Mills House Historic Walking Tour, Robert Mills House and Gardens, (803) 252-1770 June 15: Women of Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, (803) 252-1770 June 16: $1 Sunday Admission, Historic Columbia Foundation Tours, (803) 2521770 June 18: Ladies Day on the Lake, Lighthouse Marina, Chapin, (803) 6041409 June 20: Garden Tour of the Robert Mills Grounds, (803) 252-1770 July 26-27: Blythewood Doko Rodeo, Doko Meadows, Blythewood Send calendar items at least six weeks in advance to lakemurray@thestate.com

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Story by Erin Shaw Special to Lake Murray and Northeast magazines • Photographs by Kim Kim Foster-Tobin All in the family. From left: Bonnie Sims, sister, COO/head of operations, with Annie the dog; employee Katey Smith, production; Bill Sims, motivational speaker and consultant; daughter Carli Sims, graphic design, and daughter Daphne Sims, customer service


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Thinking positive for a living

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Caught in the office. Bill Sims is a motivational speaker and consultant. He believes in positive reinforcement and has developed a program for
businesses built around positive reinforcement and rewards. He has recently finished writing a book, “Green Beans & Ice Cream”.

ill Sims Jr. makes a living by being positive. The Chapin resident has a whole business based on the knowledge that a simple “thank you” at work has the power to move mountains. As a motivational speaker, businessman and — most recently — author, Sims understands that in today’s working world, leaders need to know how to use positive reinforcement in their companies to enhance performance.
In fact, his entire family is in on it. Bill Sims Co. was started by his father, Bill Sims Sr. His mother, Edna, was the first employee. Today, a trip to company headquarters in Irmo feels more like a family dinner party than a typical day at the office. To Sims, it’s normal to have his mother, father, siblings and children working beside him. Even the family dog, Annie, is a regular fixture. “Family business is interesting,” Sims says. “Everybody brings a lot to the table, but it’s been an enjoyable, fun way to work.” The elder Sims is the head coach of the team. And at 85, he’s a verifiable “Yoda” of positive reinforcement, the younger Sims says. While the younger Sims travels nationally and internationally to speak at conferences and lure business, his brother, David, and sister, Bonnie, take care of clients and operations. His two daughters, Daphne and Carli, help with business logistics. As the company’s current president, Sims is the picture of a Southern businessman. Outgoing and talkative, he could befriend a wall if he stood in one place long enough. But because of his near-constant coffee-drinking habits and busy schedule, he’s always on the move. Twenty years ago, a younger, equally restless Sims left the University of South Carolina while studying psychology to join the family business. Many trials and tribulations later, after working to help companies like Disney, Coca-Cola and Norfolk Southern improve employee performance, Sims decided to write down his stories and experiences. The result, after five years of effort, was “Green Beans & Ice Cream: The Remarkable Power of Positive Reinforcement.” “I didn’t realize how hard it would be,” says Sims, who admits to often biting off more than he can chew with big projects. He had multiple family members comb through the book during the editing process until it was perfect. The book itself is an easy read heavy on anecdotes and light on academic jargon. Its essential message can be summed up



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by the first story Sims tells: How do you get children to eat green beans? Reward them when they finish their vegetables. In Sims’ case, it was with ice cream. But the concept of changing behavior with positive reinforcement can be applied to anything. “We do a really good job of telling people what they do wrong and a really bad job telling people what they do right,” Sims says. “The idea is that when we start focusing on what people do right, then performance goes off the charts.” In the workplace, this is more than a supervisor simply telling an employee, “good job.” Sims says well-delivered positive reinforcement is “positive, specific and personal.” And it should be tracked. That’s the Bill Sims Co. focus: helping other companies track and manage who is giving and receiving positive reinforcement and its effect on performance. As a frequent traveler with too many passport stamps to count, Sims knows that positive reinforcement works anywhere you go in the world. Australia, Greece, Scotland, South Africa, Qatar

Talking points. Sims’ monthly newsletters are personalized to the businesses that he works with and include valuable information and affirmations. and Saudi Arabia are just some of the places he’s visited to give keynote speeches and leadership workshops. Traveling gives Sims a chance to

connect with potential clients. And it provides endless fodder for stories, like the time he unknowingly met a Saudi prince at a conference, or when he gave a speech in Kuwait one night and was in Charlotte the next morning to give another. Sims said it required copious amounts of coffee and energy drinks. But it can be done. His wife, Margie, a stay-at-home-mom, will also accompany him on his travels now and then. Lately, though, Sims has dialed back the traveling, or at least contained it to trips within the U.S. He readily admits that there are more important things in life than work. “I spend as much time with my daughters and my wife as I can,” Sims says. The family goes boating on Lake Murray often and is active in church activities. “That’s what it’s all about,” he says. “Connecting with people and letting them know you care about them.” Erin Shaw is a freelance writer who works in the Midlands

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Adventure on wild Saluda River in 1909 illustrates what used to be
Story by Joey Holleman

Wild ride. The Kinards’ adventure down the Saluda River. Locations are approximate.
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hen you’re out on the placid waters of the lake this summer, take a minute to contemplate how different the boating experience in that area was in 1909. Put yourself on a wooden raft/boat with T.J. Kinard and his wife, Bernice, D.D. Kinard, J.C. Kinard, Hugh Fellers, Belle Epting and Mary Covington as they looked for cool thrills to cap a long, hot summer.

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Back before the high-tech bass boats, before the luxury pontoons, even before Lake Murray, this group of young people left the burg of Ninety Six on a white-water adventure on the wild, rain-swollen Saluda River. The Saluda River trip was so out of the ordinary that The State ran a full account of it on Aug. 22, 1909. The accomplished young crew (the Kinard men included a veterinarian, a physician and a dentist, according to their descendants) dared take on “the rough, rugged Saluda River where very few people dare venture, especially ladies, with the words, ‘All of you will never see Ninety Six again,’ ringing in their ears,” according to the story. T.J. Kinard’s grandson, Tom LaRoche of Johns Island, says the oral version of the tale was passed down through the years. He didn’t recall all the details. But family lore has it that a brother came out to the original launch, saying he wanted to see them one last time before a trip he called “the damn foolest thing he’d ever heard of in his life.” T.J. Kinard was the youngest of five brothers, and by all accounts the most adventuresome. He apparently came up with the idea of the trip. His participation in the excursion made sense, but “it shocked me that my grandmother would have been on a trip like that,” LaRoche says. He always pictured her as a genteel woman wearing long dresses. Based on the newspaper account, the group left on a Wednesday from Island Ford near Greenwood and covered 18 miles on the first day without much excitement before stopping at Chappells. Near the end of the second day, they heard about a dam below Bauknight’s Ferry. The women were dropped off on the bank before the dam, while the men

Trip leader an accomplished adventurer
Dr. Thomas Jefferson Kinard, who apparently led this wild trip down the Saluda River, wasn’t just adventuresome, he also was accomplished. He served on the board of the S.C. Agricultural Society and exhibited prize livestock at fairs throughout the Southeast. When he died in 1941, his obituary mentioned he graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1891. T.J. liked to tell family members he was the first and only person to receive a doctor of veterinary degree from USC, according to his grandson, Tom LaRoche. The way the story goes, he graduated in four years with both an undergraduate degree and a veterinary degree. The professor who taught veterinary medicine moved to another school the next year, and USC never reinstated its veterinary program. USC did undergo a major change in structure in 1891, which backs up Kinard’s story. Since no other schools in South Carolina have offered veterinary medical degrees, the Kinard family believes T.J. Kinard’s degree remains the only one granted by a South Carolina school. took the boats over the dam. It’s not clear, but based on the swollen nature of the river, they likely floated over the low dam, which would have been quicker but more dangerous than carrying the boat around it. The next day, a rocky area referred to as a fish dam tossed the boats around. According to the newspaper, “the current being so strong they were dashed up on (the fish dam) with great force. All the ladies crawled upon the fish trap, which were in the centre of the river, it being scarcely large enough for one. “The boat was finally chained to the trap until it could be gotten over the dam. The wave began dashing against the trap with such force and it seemed to them every second as though they would be carried down with trap and current.” From that point, shoals seemed to greet them around every bend in the river. “Finally the boat was lodged against some logs which had been drifted against an island in the centre of the river and there the ladies seated themselves until the men could get them to the bank of the river and they walked down the river bank while men went over the shoals.” Hearing that the next shoals near Holly’s Ferry were especially treacherous, the men had the women taken to the ferry landing by wagon. “The men being very brave and daring ventured through,” according to the account. The women apparently protested they were missing the excitement. On Saturday, the details of the Saturday leg of the trip are short other than they “met with most thrilling experiences.” Historical maps show several falls in that section of 12 feet or higher, which at high water levels might rival anything today on the wild Chattooga River in the South Carolina mountains. “By that time the ladies had become very brave and went over shoals where the boats lodged, until poled off, then the boats went dashing over shoals with the strong current until they wedged themselves so tightly between rocks that it was impossible to get the boats loose until the men plunged into the river to prize (SIC) them out.” The newspaper reported the trip ended Saturday evening at Bards Shoals about 10 or 12 miles from Columbia. They spent the night with Jim Wise, which likely means they got out at Wise Ferry, just upstream of Dreher Shoals and the current Lake Murray dam. On Sunday, the adventurers “bade farewell to their old boats and went to the nearest station on the Columbia, Newberry & Laurens to take the train for NinetySix,” where their arrival no doubt surprised one doubting cousin.

An example of a stone fish dam, or weir.



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From The State newspaper, Aug. 22, 1909
Venturesome Explorers From Ninety-Six Navigate Stream to Bards Ferry, Near Columbia. Special to The State Ninety-Six, Aug. 22 — A party consisting of Dr. and Mrs. T. J. Kinard, Miss Mary Covington of Plant City, Fla., Miss Belle Epting of Newberry, Dr. D.D. Kinard, J.C. Kinard and Hugh Fellers left Island Ford, Ninety-Six, Wednesday noon for Columbia via the rough, rugged Saluda River where very few people dare venture, especially ladies, with the words, ‘All of you will never see Ninety-Six again,’ ringing in their ears. At first, the sight of the broad, muddy river made some of the party a little gloomy but after a short while the thoughts of danger soon disappeared save when a log and a few limbs were seen ahead. Every one looked upon them with great horror. The first stop was made at Chappells, 18 miles from Island Ford. After spending the night with a friend, Mr. Addison, they renewed their journey. The next stop — for dinner — was at Hagood’s farm. Late Thursday afternoon found the party very much excited as they were informed of a dam just ahead of them below Bauknight’s ferry. The ladies were landed to await the men while they took the boats over the dam. The crowd was then directed to “Bachelor’s Domain” and turned out in the peach orchard to graze while the bachelor escorted the ladies over to Mr. Mike Kempson’s to spend the night. Hearing of all the dangers ahead of them they proceeded on their journey with the dread of dams and shoals indelibly stamped upon their minds. The first real excitement was Friday noon when they


Family portrait. This family photo taken nine years after the Saluda River trip shows Bernice Kinard (left) and

Thomas J. Kinard with their daughter Olive riding a prized Devon bull from England. Thomas Kinard raised and bred cattle.

struck a fish dam, the current being so strong they were dashed upon it with great force. All the ladies crawled upon the fish trap, which were in the centre of the river, it being scarcely large enough for one. The boat was finally chained to the trap until it could be gotten over the dam. The wave began dashing against the trap with such force and it seemed to them every second as though they would be carried down with trap and current. There were some very unexpected shoals and a fish dam greeted them a few hours later. Not noticing what was ahead of them and the current being so strong they were almost dashed over the dam, finally the boat was lodged against some logs which had been drifted against an island in the centre of the river and there the ladies seated

themselves until the men could get them to the bank of the river and they walked down the river bank while men when over the shoals. The next real shoals was near Holly’s ferry. Fearing to take ladies across the men left them to be taken around to the next ferry in a wagon. The men being very brave and daring ventured through. After spending the night at Holly’s ferry with Mr. Walter Wessinger the party started out early Saturday morning to continue their journey, meeting with most thrilling experiences. By that time the ladies had become very brave and went over shoals where the boats lodged, until poled off, then the boats went dashing over shoals with the strong current until they wedged themselves so tightly between rocks that it was impossible to get the boats

loose until the men plunged into the river to prize them out. The close of Saturday evening found them near Bards shoals, about 10 or 12 miles from Columbia, stopping at Mr. Jim Wise’s for the night. Next day being Sunday the party discontinued their trip, bade farewell to their old boats and went to the nearest station on the Columbia, Newberry & Laurens to take the train for Ninety-Six. Having a few hours wait for Southern train in Newberry, the party went to Mr. G.M.B. Epting’s for dinner. Every one was delighted with their trip and the people all along the river were exceedingly kind to them. At most of the ferries, crowds of people were stationed looking for the party, having learned of their coming.

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Like Father …
Story by Deena C. Bouknight Special to Lake Murray and Northeast magazines Photographs by Tim Dominick

lan Wilson became fatherless at age 2. His father, Army Captain Michael A. McCrory, was killed when his helicopter crashed at Fort Bragg. After his mother married Joe Wilson, Alan gained a father through adoption.
Joe’s career has included becoming a founding partner in the West Columbia law firm of Kirkland, Wilson, Moore, Taylor & Thomas, a member of the United States Army Reserves and the South Carolina National Guard, and a South Carolina state senator. However, he is most notable for his role as a congressman serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for the past 12 years. Alan, now 39 years old, is South Carolina’s Attorney General. When he celebrated his election victory as America’s youngest attorney general November 2, 2010, he paid homage to both fathers. Alan, who grew up in Lexington, explains how his adoptive father, Joe, put a photo of himself and his biological father by Alan’s bedside so Alan would always remember and honor his biological father. Gestures like this, as well as watching Joe engage in public service, left a lasting impression on Alan. Joe and his wife, Roxanne, first met at a Teenage Republicans camp. They became reacquainted after McCrory died. Joe Wilson and Michael McCrory had known each other before Michael was killed. They graduated the same year from neighboring universities: Joe at Washington and Lee and Michael at Virginia Military Institute. After Joe and Roxanne married, they had three additional sons together. Even though Joe is quick to say that Alan is an elected official in his own right, the fatherly influence is evident. Alan also became an attorney, as well as served in the South Carolina National Guard – providing route security to Baghdad. Alan is married and has two young children.



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Meet the Wilsons. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, left, and his father, Congressman Joe Wilson.

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We caught up with Joe and Alan Wilson in the Cayce Lizard’s Thicket and asked them about their greatest role – fatherhood. Joe, you became a father through marriage. Were you prepared? Joe: I got married at age 30 at First Presbyterian Church of Columbia where my family has been for six generations. One of my favorite memories is of Alan standing there at the church at 4 years old in a three-piece suit. When Roxanne and I got back from our honeymoon, our pastor at the time was standing there at the Columbia Airport with Alan and I was grateful to be able to take that little guy back to our house. No. I was not prepared, but honestly it was fun. I cherish that time. Alan: As a side note, when it came time for the adoption to go through, we went to the judge’s office and when the judge asked me what my name was, I answered: “Peter Parker.” I was a huge Spider-Man fan. That became a running joke in my family, so every birthday was a SpiderMan theme. On my 30th birthday, my family got me a Spider-Man cake. And, when the first Spider-Man movie came out with Tobey McGuire as Spider-Man, my dad and I went to see it. After the movie started, I looked over and he had tears in his eyes. Joe, what lessons about fatherhood did you quickly learn? Joe: To take Alan everywhere with me that was appropriate. We went to military programs, political events, festivals, parades. Time with him was the most important thing. And, to have a warm, loving home – which I have to credit Roxanne with. After I married, I took my family to live at the property with a pond that has been in our family since the 1930s. Letting Alan grow up there, learn to fish, and be able to run around was good for him. I remember that our housekeeper — Broadie Johnson, who helped raise me and was a part of our family — taught Alan how to fish when I was away one time. He brought a fish to me when I got home and laid it on my pillow to show me what he had done. Joe, what did you feel you got right with Alan that you were able to continue with your next three sons?

First win. Joe Wilson hugs his son Alan after his primary win for S.C. state senator in 1984. Joe: Just investing that time. Time is still important. Alan and I see each other once a week or once every two weeks. The family gets together. I take the grandchildren with me places now. I will ask which grandchildren are available and just take them to things like the Sparkleberry Fair or the Peach Festival. Alan: (laughing) Yeah, the grandchildren are like library books. He checks them out and takes them. Alan, now that you are a father of two young children, what do you realize you learned about fatherhood from your dad? Alan: Invest in your children. When I was growing up, Dad took me everywhere — sometimes I was kicking and screaming. I wanted to watch Saturday morning cartoons. He often made assurances that there would be ice cream at the end, and we all held him to that. But seriously, my mentality as a kid went from — I have to go to all these functions, to I get to go. I think I’ve been to 30 peach festivals in my lifetime. Going with him everywhere made me love public service. I don’t think any of us (brothers) feel gypped of time with him. Now I look back and those are the memories I cherish most with him. I am now cognizant of taking my kids with me everywhere I can.


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there to listen to my children’s prayers just like my dad was there to listen to mine. Alan, what did your dad impress upon you by doing things like keeping a picture of both himself and your biological dad by your bedside? Alan: I thought about it when I was young more than you would think. I remember one night we were talking after I had said my prayers … I must have been 7 or 8 years old, and he told me: “Some boys don’t have a father who loves them, but you have two fathers who love you.” He always talked about my biological dad, who I call Daddy Mike, as if he were still alive. He wanted to make him relevant in my life and that meant a lot. Mom asked him one time if he loved me as much as my brothers. He told her, “I’ve loved him longer.” Joe, has fatherhood been one of the most challenging roles of your life? Joe: Fatherhood is terrific! I’m so grateful to have been a father to Alan right away,


On the campaign trail. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson is surrounded by his son Alan, two-month-old
grandson Michael McCrory Wilson and wife, Roxanne, as he addresses the crowd at the Back Porch Restaurant after winning the Republican primary contest against Phil Black in 2008.

Alan, what are you doing that might be the same as your dad? Different? Alan: Every family’s dynamics are different, but the core values are there.

My wife, Jennifer, and I both work full time. She is in public relations at Lexington Medical Center. The borders of my district are the whole state, so I am traveling a lot. But every night I try to be

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Reminders of home. Rep. Joe Wilson photographed in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 16, 2007.


and then to have Addison, Julian, and Hunter. All my sons are Eagle Scouts and all have served or are serving in the military. I couldn’t be more proud. We had hoped for some princesses, but now we have some grand princesses. Alan, how do you balance fatherhood and public life? Alan: Fatherhood is all about priorities. People say they don’t have time for this or that, but you make time for things that are important to you. There are sacrifices with a life of public service, but no one lies on their death bed and says they wish they would have spent more time in the office. Alan, What do you think you learned from your dad regarding public service? Alan: When I started campaigning for this job, there was so much to learn, but so much that was second nature. He taught me to love and serve people. I

Alan: We’re like a tree – the same trunk but different branches. But his values got me where I am. And, when I was campaigning, I wanted to be able to go as long and as hard as he has in the past. We’ve joked as a family that at night he doesn’t go to bed but goes into the closet and plugs himself in. I would be campaigning 16 hours or so a day and I would want to give up because I was so tired. You know those bracelets – WWJD? What would Jesus do? I asked myself, “What would Joe do?” Joe: He ran an independent campaign, and his success is due to him – not his dad. I’m really proud of him. Take a moment. Joe Wilson celebrates his
victory with his son Alan at Liberty Tap Room in Columbia.

saw his commitment and, as a kid even, I thought: “I want to do that.” Alan, what specifically about his role as public servant do you want to emulate?

Alan, what is your response when the spotlight is really on your dad — such as all the media coverage he received during the “You Lie!” incident? Alan: I told him it was a town hall moment, that I know he is a gentleman. Even Beau Biden, who is the attorney general in Delaware (and son of vice president Joe Biden) told me that


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people in Washington think of him as a gentleman. Joe: What Alan did was go on CBS Morning News the next morning and explain his affection for me. Alan: I could not have been prouder of my dad then, and I still am now. Alan, what happens if you don’t agree with his policies? Alan: (Laughing) We arm wrestle. Seriously, though, we’re so focused on different issues that we don’t disagree that often. My job is about policy and law mostly, not politics. Joe: What we do complements one another. Joe and Alan, what legacy about your relationship as a father and son do you want to leave behind? Joe: A good name. Alan: He left me a good name. I want to leave it as I found it. Deena Bouknight is a freelance writer who works in the Midlands

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Banjos, blacksmithing, wooden bowls
Man’s hobbies are varied and therapeutic
Story by Gigi Huckabee Special to Lake Murray and Northeast magazines • Photographs by Kim Kim Foster-Tobin hirty years ago Jim Griffin read an article about how kneading dough helped relieve stress. “I tried it, and I’ve been making bread ever since.” It’s just one of the Lexington County resident’s many hobbies. He plays the banjo, does blacksmithing and carves beautiful serving bowls from tupelo wood. “I started piddling with the banjo years ago, but I’ve gotten serious about it in the last few years. I can’t read music; I just play by ear.” Griffin periodically goes to banjo camp like the Old Time Music Camp at Mars Hill College in western North Carolina. One inspiration to increase his proficiency came from an unexpected source. When he retired from South Carolina Farm Bureau a little over two years ago, his co-workers gave him a new banjo. He has also gotten Jeanne, his wife of 40 years, involved in playing duets with him. She plays a wash tub base, made by Griffin. “On a trip to New Orleans,” Griffin said, “I saw a man playing a lever action handle wash tub with a plastic tub base. I copied it, and Jeanne learned to play it. She’s gotten quite accomplished too.”


Do they perform professionally? “Only at church social functions and local charity talent shows,” Griffin replies. “Generally, if someone wants to clear a crowd out, we’ll perform,” Griffin teases. Twice a year, student volunteers from Roanoke College in Roanoke, Va., come to the Columbia area to work on Habitat for Humanity projects. The Griffins always have the students over one night for a traditional supper of chicken bog and CocaCola cake. Afterward, the Griffins distribute “instruments” and invite each student to select one to play. “You don’t have to be a musician to play these instruments,” explains Griffin. “They are jug band instruments like a washboard, triangle, kazoo, Irish drum, whistles, and various other noisemakers.” Jim and Jeanne lead the students in a rousing rendition of “Mama Don’t Allow No Banjo Playing ’Round Here.” With each verse the name of another instrument is substituted for the banjo. The person playing that instrument must play a solo while everyone sings. Griffin began blacksmithing after taking a course at the John

Tap. Tap. Tap. Jim Griffin hammers away at a metal piece he is forging for a friend’s missing door hinge.

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Lake Murray–Columbia® & Northeast Columbia | June 2013

Lake Murray–Columbia® & Northeast Columbia | June 2013


How to make a wooden bowl

Step one: Griffin begins a wooden bowl by taking a piece of tupelo wood, marking what will become the rim of the finished bowl and cutting a crosshatch pattern in the center.

Step two: The cross-hatched pieces are removed from the center of the piece of wood with a hammer and then Step three: Griffin uses hand tools to
remove and smooth out remaining bits. This process might take a while as Griffin must shape the curve of the bowl as he goes.


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C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C. “My teacher was a 6-foot-2, retired female Chicago policewoman. She was awesome, and I really got hooked,” says Griffin. To set up his own shop, Griffin relied on his farmer friends to find equipment. While in Anderson County, he stopped at the farm of Buddy Wood. “I asked him if he knew anyone that might have an anvil for sale,” Griffin said. Wood replied, “Come with me boy.” Griffin followed him to a barn where Wood uncovered an 180-pound anvil in perfect condition. The anvil had belonged to Wood’s uncle, a neighbor of Griffin’s family. “So I’m probably using the same anvil that was used to repair my uncle’s farm tools,” Griffin said. He named his anvil after one of his least favorite people; Griffin gets a great deal of satisfaction when he hammers on it. Working in his smithy is a wintertime hobby for Griffin. “I love to make things like hooks, kettle stands and small items as gifts.” Griffin’s latest endeavor is carving large bowls out of tupelo wood. “Tupelo wood is a light, tough wood, that’s easy to work,” Griffin said. Master craftsman Billy Geddings of Manning showed Griffin how to carve and finish the bowl with coats of nontoxic sealer. “I told Mr. Billy that he was giving away all his secrets. He looked at me and said, ‘Not many people will work for a dollar an hour.’” Geddings sells handcrafted bowls large enough to hold a barbequed hog or Frogmore Stew. Griffin’s bowls are labors of love for family and friends. He starts with a block of wood from the base of a tupelo tree (the part left by loggers). He traces the outline of the bowl on the wood. Then he roughs out the shape with a chain saw. He fine-tunes the shape with a grinder, followed by many hours of sanding and applying numerous coats of sealer. Recently, Griffin has been experimenting with the styles of the bowls. He made one shaped like a flounder to give to his brother, Randy, an avid fisherman. “Bowl making is great fun. It keeps me out of the house and out of trouble,” he said. Gigi Huckabee is a freelance writer in the Midlands

Bowl me over. A display of some of the carved bowls made by Griffin. Preceding page: Jim and
his wife Jeanne play duets on the banjo and a wash tub bass. The couple often encourage their guests to grab one of several jug band instruments from their collection and play along for few numbers.

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Bomb Island Iced Tea, seafood sets Liberty on the Lake apart from Vista sister
Story by Betsey Guzior • Photographs by Kim Kim Foster-Tobin

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Sail right in. Liberty on the Lake has a dock so boaters can get food delivered to their boats.


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Lake Murray–Columbia® & Northeast Columbia | June 2013


Hello sailor! Charleston artist Sonya Sterling created this postcard painting especially for Liberty on the Lake.

iberty on the Lake at Marina Bay, a new restaurant at Lake Murray, has a special (adult) drink made especially for a sunset happy hour: Bomb Island Iced Tea. “It’s like a Long Island Iced Tea, but named for Bomb Island,” said Greg Harris, Liberty’s operating partner. That concoction, plus an array of frozen drink and seafood dishes, set Liberty on the Lake apart from its Vista sister, the Liberty Tap Room.


Greeting visitors is a cheeky postcard painting by Charleston artist Sonya Sterling that was especially commissioned for Liberty at the Lake. Sterling has done other paintings for restaurants in the T-Bonz group. The 480-seat restaurant next to the Marina Bay apartments has been open since mid-April, serving dinner most of the week, including lunch on weekends. Harris said he hopes to extend the hours soon.

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Party on the patio. Sherrie Gulledge of Sumter joins friends for a bridal luncheon on the deck of Liberty looking out over Lake Murray.

Belly up to the bar. Enjoy your favorite sporting events on the televisions over the bar.

The design of the restaurant looks much like an excursion boat, which blends in with the boat slips nearby. There are indoor/outdoor areas, an upper outdoor balcony and a private dining room. Enjoy music from local artists on Saturday and Sunday. If you don’t like frozen drinks such as the Kaluga Colada, try one of the 48 beers on tap, including a line of microbrews. Liberty has drive-through boat service, too. Pilot your boat

up to the dock and get your food delivered to your vessel. Residents of Marina Bay also can get delivery.

Liberty on the Lake At Marina Bay
1602 Marina Road, Irmo (803) 667-9715

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people, places, things
The Rotary Club of the Vista is the host for the 16th annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Tuesday, June 11, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. The event, which begins at 6 p.m., benefits Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands. Tickets are $45. Details: Call (803) 371-6687 or visit www.vistanightrotary.org

Rioz plans to open a second location at 410 Columbiana Drive. The restaurant, which opened in Myrtle Beach more than six years ago, will open the Harbison location this summer in the former Smokey Bones restaurant near Columbiana Centre mall. Golfsmith International opened its first S.C. store Friday at 252 Harbison Blvd., in the former Office Depot. Golfsmith itself is in growth mode, opening 10 new stores this year, including locations in Charlotte and, later this spring, in Myrtle Beach. Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW) opened in May in Harbison Boulevard’s newest shopping center. The discounter is located 320 Harbison Blvd., near Harbison’s intersection with Park Terrace Drive. The roughly 18,000-square-foot store carries more than 25,000 pairs of shoes, spokeswoman Christina Cheng said. The shoes are displayed by style so customers can find what they like, and then locate their size and try it on without having to ask a salesperson. HomeGoods set to open June 23 at Harbison. The Harbison store will be slightly smaller at 20,000 square feet, a spokeswoman said. It will hire about 60 workers. HomeGoods opened its first Columbia-area store last year in Northeast Richland’s Village at Sandhill. Jewelry Warehouse plans to open a 14,200-square-foot flagship store in Parkland Plaza next to Burke’s Outlet, district manager Wanda Teague said. In June, it will open its Garnet & Black Traditions portion of the new store — featuring Gamecock merchandise — so it is ready for football season. The jewelry store and Palmetto Traditions, selling South Carolina-themed products, will open in the fall, Teague said. The store will start hiring in the fall to beef up its staff. Notes from Shop Around, a weekly column by State assistant business editor Kristy Eppley Rupon. Look for other news on retail every Friday in The State and thestate.com

The 2013 Ducks Unlimited Poker Run will begin on Friday, June 7, with a pre-run raft up at Sandy Beach. The run will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, with lunch at Spinner’s Resort. Watch drag races at Dead Man’s Cove and end the day at Liberty on the Lake at Marina Bay. Details: http://lakemurraypokerrun.com The Lake Murray Association’s Fourth of July Celebration will be Saturday, June 29. The event includes a boat parade, entertainment and fireworks at Dreher Island State Park. Celebrate fun on the water with Rolling on the River Saturday, June 15, at Saluda Shoals Park. You can paddle a one-mile stretch of the Saluda, go tubing, or just stay ashore and enjoy entertainment from two bands or play beach volleyball or corn hole. Learn the basics of stand-up paddleboarding, whitewater kayaking, kayak fishing and paddling. This event is sponsored by the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission, Saluda Shoals Foundation and River Runner Outdoor Center. Details: www.icrc.net. The Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra will perform Sunday, June 16, in a “Music in the Museum” concert at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. The performance is at 3:30 p.m. Details: lmso.org

The Newcomers’ Club of Greater Columbia meets on the first Tuesday and fourth Thursday. To learn more, call (803) 750-6695


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JUNE 1977
Sailing has always been a popular way to spend an afternoon on Lake Murray.


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